edema

noun
ede·​ma | \ i-ˈdē-mə How to pronounce edema (audio) \

Definition of edema

1 : an abnormal infiltration and excess accumulation of serous fluid in connective tissue or in a serous cavity

called also dropsy

2a : watery swelling of plant organs or parts
b : any of various plant diseases characterized by such swellings

Examples of edema in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Williams has missed the last nine games because of a bone edema in his left hip. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 29 Dec. 2019 Celtics forward Robert Williams, who has missed the last three games with a sore left hip, has been officially diagnosed with a bone edema and will be limited for the next three weeks before being reassessed. BostonGlobe.com, "who has missed the last three games with a sore left hip, has been officially diagnosed with a bone edema and will be limited for the next three weeks before being reassessed.," 17 Dec. 2019 During the long and arduous 54-hour labor, Valerie contracted an infection and experienced severe swelling (a condition called edema). Courtney Biggs, Glamour, "You Already Do Everything On Your Phone—Now You Can Even Treat Postpartum Depression," 4 Dec. 2019 The girl sustained a fractured skull, subdural bleeding, brain contusions and a brain edema, according to her family's attorney. Jill Martin, CNN, "Houston Astros to replace and extend netting at Minute Maid Park," 8 Aug. 2019 She is said to have died of of respiratory failure and pulmonary edema. Paula Rogo, Essence, "FBI Confirms Tourist Deaths in Dominican Republic Were Due To Natural Causes," 20 Oct. 2019 The Dominican authorities had earlier found no evidence of foul play or violence and said the cause of the deaths was respiratory failure brought on by fluid in the lungs, known as pulmonary edema. BostonGlobe.com, "The FBI ruled out poisoned alcohol as the cause of two American tourists’ deaths in the Dominican Republic in May, bolstering the country’s findings that a spate of tourist deaths this year were not the result of foul play, a State Department spokesperson said Friday.," 20 Oct. 2019 Cells start degenerating in all sorts of ways (tissue damage and decomposition, edema, and so on) that are readily visible under a microscope. Christof Koch, Scientific American, "Is Death Reversible?," 11 Oct. 2019 The Dominican Republic National Police announced that an autopsy found the couple had respiratory failure and pulmonary edema, a buildup of fluid in the lungs. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, "Oklahoma High School Graduates Get Sick in the Dominican Republic During Senior Trip," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of edema

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for edema

New Latin, from Greek oidēma swelling, from oidein to swell; akin to Armenian aytnu- swell, Old English ātor poison

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“Edema.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edema. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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edema

noun
ede·​ma
variants: or chiefly British oedema \ i-​ˈdē-​mə How to pronounce oedema (audio) \
plural edemas or chiefly British oedemas also edemata\ -​mət-​ə \ or chiefly British oedemata

Medical Definition of edema

: an abnormal excess accumulation of serous fluid in connective tissue or in a serous cavity

called also dropsy

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